Losing Just 1 Gram Of Fat In The Pancreas Can Reverse Type 2 Diabetes
A group of scientists from the UK conducted a research, which showed that only by losing a gram of fat from the pancreas, you can reverse the symptoms of type 2 diabetes.
You probably know that weight loss is one of the most effective methods in treating type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is a condition, in which the body is unable to produce insulin and becomes insensitive to substances.
This, however, is a groundbreaking discovery, because this research showed what type of weight loss is required to control this condition.
This research was conducted on 18 obese people who were diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, and you could clearly see the difference between before and after the bypass surgery. Using an MRI, the scientists have confirmed extremely high amounts of fat in the pancreas of these people compared to other obese people with the same type of diabetes.
These surgery helped the patients to get off their medications, reduce their insulin levels back to normal and burn fat.
According to this research the excess pancreas fat is specific to this condition. This fat is dangerous for your body, because it clogs the normal production of insulin.
Also another research has showed that when the excess pancreas fat is removed, the insulin secretion levels go back to normal. In other words, when this fat is removed, the patients get free from diabetes.
Even though it is so hard to lose this type of fat, this is a groundbreaking discovery. “If you ask how much weight you need to lose to make your diabetes go away, the answer is 1 gram! But that gram needs to be fat from the pancreas,” says, Roy Taylor, the head of the research. “At present the only way we have to achieve this is by calorie restriction by any means – whether by diet or an operation.”
This research also included diabetic’s results of people who had gastric bypass surgery, but were not suffering from diabetes. All the participants lost about 13% of their body fat after this procedure. The only difference was where that fat came from.
The people who didn’t had diabetes, never had elevated pancreas fat levels and therefore they kept the same amount of fat in that particular organ. However, the people who had diabetes lost 1.2% of pancreas fat, and that way they got the pancreas fat levels back to normal. These people got off their medication and their insulin level got back to normal immediately after the surgery.
According to Taylor, this procedure helps the people who are suffering from type 2 diabetes, by draining the excess pancreas fat and returning its function back to normal.
However this was a small research, but in order to get some serious results, this research must be conducted on a larger number of patients.
Also there is a need of a research which will determine how long the diabetes symptoms stay away from the patients after the pancreas fat loss. But still you must know that the results are extremely promising.
The scientists are very optimistic about this treatment of type 2 diabetes, a condition that affects 9% of the world population.
“The decrease in pancreas fat is not simply related to the weight loss itself. It is not something that might happen to anyone whether or not they had diabetes. It is specific to Type 2 diabetes,” says Taylor. “What is interesting is that regardless of your present body weight and how you lose weight, the critical factor in reversing your Type 2 diabetes is losing that 1 gram of fat from the pancreas.”
Source: Science Alert